July 2nd, 2008
12:15 PM ET
6 years ago

Poll shows Connecticut is Obama country

CNN's Electoral map breakdown.
CNN's Electoral map breakdown.

(CNN) – John McCain has the backing of Connecticut's Democratic-turned-Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman, but a new poll out Wednesday shows the state is decidedly Obama country.

According to a new poll from Quinnipiac University, Barack Obama is leading McCain in the state by more than 20 points, 56 percent to 35 percent. Much of that lead stems from the Illinois senator's 16 point advantage among independent voters in the state. He also pulls in 16 percent of Republicans there.

Connecticut has long tilted Democratic in presidential elections, and recent Republican White House hopefuls have often spent few resources there. It voted for John Kerry in 2004 by a margin of 10 points, and for Al Gore in 2000 by a 16 point margin. CNN considers the state's seven electoral votes safely in Obama's column.

The poll also provides further evidence that Lieberman, who bucked his former party late last year by endorsing McCain, holds little sway with voters in his home state when it comes to the presidential election. Even if McCain chose Lieberman as his No. 2, a prospect that most political observers agree is highly unlikely, only 14 percent of Connecticut voters said they would be more likely to vote for the Republican ticket.

Lieberman also appears to be hurting his own approval rating in Connecticut as he increasingly becomes one of McCain's most visible surrogates on the campaign trail.

Watch: Lieberman touts McCain

In a Quinnipiac poll released earlier this week, the Connecticut senator's job approval rating stood at 45 percent, the first time his it has dipped below the 50 percent line in that survey. Sixty-two percent of Connecticut Democrats now hold a negative view of their party’s Democratic vice presidential candidate.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (243 Responses)
  1. Chuck

    A far left liberal university polls and the far left candidate is the winner?

    DUH!

    PUMA!

    July 2, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  2. Generation X

    Republicans be afraid....very afraid. LMAO

    July 2, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  3. Franky

    "According to a new poll from Quinnipiac University, Barack Obama is leading McCain in the state by more than 20 points, 56 percent to 35 percent. Much of that lead stems from the Illinois senator's 16 point advantage among independent voters in the state. He also pulls in 16 percent of Republicans there."

    Look at that! 16 point lead among Independents and a 16 point lead among Republicans. Guess what guys??? Now we can gamble! LOL!!!

    July 2, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  4. It takes sound judgement, not experience

    For one, Obama is a much better candidate and CT'ians aren't stupid. Two, Joe Lieberman lied to them saying he would run as an independent but would switch back over to the democratic side, which he obviously hasn't and they feel betrayed by the republicans. That's a shocker huh?

    July 2, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  5. Mike in Columbus

    America is Obama country!

    July 2, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. Patrick

    That just shows you how courageous Lieberman is to take his position. It's often easy to go along with whatever the public mood is in any given time, it's harder to stick to your convictions when it's not popular. I commend Lieberman and Chuck Hagel for standing up to their parties and doing what they think is right even when it's not popular to do so. This is what I'm voting for John McCain.

    July 2, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  7. Helene

    That shows Judas Lieberman that Connecticut people are intelligent.

    July 2, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  8. vjh

    This CT. native is definitly a strong Obama supporter ! At the risk of sounding bias, I do see ALOT of Obama bumper stickers and I've yet to meet anyone who is voting for McCain, even my 74 y/o MIL and her 86 y/o 'boyfriend'.

    July 2, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. Felines for Freedom

    I might be dense, but how is it news that a state that typically votes dem is, gasp, Obama country? Now, if Texas or any state from that burgundy red center strip, were "Obama Country," that would be news.

    July 2, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. Joe Regis

    This time

    Democrats are ready for the repubs and to change Washington.

    Obama is the man of the moment.

    Obama 08 & 12.

    July 2, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  11. Jack Walden

    What is wrong with people of Connecticut to have elected a turncoat such as Libermann to Senate?. Lets hope after this term, this low-life gets thrown out.

    July 2, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  12. Shelly in IL

    RFO's, don't be scared to show your support.

    July 2, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  13. John B. From New Hampshire

    welcome aboard CT!! Good to have you!!

    July 2, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  14. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Joe Lieberman, while technically from Connecticut, is a total shill for Israel and thinks more about them then American interests. No wonder his state shuns him...

    July 2, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. The Gonz

    Lieberman has no other friends other than McSame. The Dem's need to kick this gut to the streets. When is CNN going to cover McCain's Tax evasion problems on his 7 houses?

    July 2, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  16. Concerned INDEPENDENT CT voter

    it's shaping up to be that....

    -V

    July 2, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  17. saga4obama

    please everyone check out dumpmccain.com...
    you will be shocked and appalled
    WHAT DOES MCCAIN HAVE TO HIDE? RELEASE YOUR MILITARY RECORDS....

    July 2, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  18. ken-ct

    Yes we can!

    July 2, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  19. ANGIE

    i live in pa and pa is obama country too i live in the suburbs of philly and people are not angry with obamas BITTERNESS comment obamas right we are bitter how can you not be after the last 7 yrs and what the bush admin has done to us our economy loss lives of our innoncent men and woman all the lies he installed on us thats right were bitter thats why were for obama we want the madness to stop not having mccain so it can continue!!!

    July 2, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  20. Tired of W, OH

    I guess LIEberman has lost his "Joe-mentum"...

    GObama '08.

    July 2, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  21. karen-phoenix

    Obama is winning in the whole country!!!! We need youth, energy, hope and complete change in direction!!!!! And i'm in my 60's, registered republican who will NEVER vote republican again after this administration. It's time to turn our country over to the young and educated. No more warmongers!!!! In order to save this world from being blown to bits, we need diplomacy, diplomacy and more diplomacy!!!!! Someone who inspires and is willing try new things. We need help before we go under and most of his ideas are great. We are going to go through a very painful few years because of being controled by big oil and an oil president but we are going to have to bit the bullet and work our way out of oil!!! Obama and his team can do this!!! And the world likes him!!

    July 2, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  22. Obama/Hillary 08

    I wonder if Joe Liberman is the one that is going to launches the new terror attack. Please stop scaring people for political reason. America, it is not true no terror attack in 2009. If there is one Joe Lieberman and the Republican Party is behind it.

    July 2, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  23. Obama Supporter from FL

    Was there a concern that Connecticut might be Republican country? I can't see why this is news – I don't think anyone in America thinks that Connecticut is going to vote McCain...

    July 2, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  24. Ted

    Alright CT! Glad to see you joining the ranks of us in dark blue.

    July 2, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  25. Texas Trail Dog

    WAKE UP CONNECTICUT YOU ARE BEING DECEIVED BY ONE OF GREATEST DECEIVERS OF ALL TIME. THIS MAN HAS NOTHING BUT HIS TONGUE TO BACK HIM. NOSTRADAMUS SAYS A MAN WITH THE TONGUE OF THE SNAKE WILL COME FROM THE ISLAND TO RISE TO THE HIGHEST OFFICE OF THE LAND. BEFORE HE IS FOUND OUT HE WILL HAVE CAUSED HAVOC AND DESTRUCTION THE DOWNFALL OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH WILL DESTROY ROME , TURKEY AND WILL TRY TO DESTROY ISRAEL. WHEN HE IS FOUND OUT HE WILL FLEE TO THE MIDDLE EAST TO LIVE OUT THE REST OF HIS LIFE IN LUXURY. BEWARE AMERICA.

    July 2, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
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